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The last remaining Aryans

The Aryan people of Ladakh are mostly known for their elaborate floral headdresses - these days made up mostly of plastic flowers - which are essentially offerings to the gods. The taller the flowers, the bigger the offering. While all the Aryan villages are around the valley, few of them are actually close to the Hindus river, forcing the people to either rely on smaller streams or to journey down to the river for water. As their existence is tied to the river, most of their festivals and practices involve water in some way or another.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON Z 9
Copyright: © Marios Forsos